Davenport Recalls ‘First Over There’ in Lecture Hosted by Tryon Palace

Author presents lecture and book signing at N.C. History Center Aug. 29

Author Matthew Davenport will present a free lecture and book signing at the North Carolina History Center in downtown New Bern from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, in support of his new book, “First Over There: The Attack on Cantigny, America’s First Battle of World War I.”

Drawing on the letters, diaries and reports by the men themselves, “First Over There,” follows the first American soldiers to fight in World War I and retells the inspiring, untold story of these soldiers and their journey to the first U.S. victory on the Western Front in the Battle of Cantigny. 

His lecture will focus on the contributions of soldiers from North Carolina to the battle and the war effort, and a book signing will follow. 

Matthew Davenport is a litigation attorney who is a former prosecutor and veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve. He is a member of the Western Front Association, the American Legion and the Military Writers Society of America.

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